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What you need to know about whooping cough

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Infectious disease specialist of the University of Toronto Health Network Isaac Bogosh said the number of cases seems to be increasing every year

Whooping cough is on the rise in parts of Ontario, and experts are advising parents to be vigilant as the illness can become dangerous for young children.

The Halliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit recently issued an alert following an increase in whooping cough cases in the school community. Caution advises parents to monitor children’s symptoms.

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The Ontario Department of Public Health has confirmed at least 70 cases of whooping cough in the province. The number of cases of whooping cough has been steadily increasing in the province for the past three years. In 2021, the number of cases of whooping cough in the province was 16. It increased to 159 in 2022 and 333 in 2023.

Infectious disease specialist of the University of Toronto Health Network. Isaac Bogosh said the number of cases seems to be increasing every year. The number of infected is certainly increasing. But Ontario’s case is not unique. It is a very serious infection and can be reduced by taking timely vaccinations.

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